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1997 Baltimore Orioles season

The 1997 Baltimore Orioles season saw the Orioles finishing 1st in the American League East with a record of 98 wins and 64 losses. They met the Seattle Mariners in the ALDS, and beat them in 4 games. However, in the ALCS, they would play the Cleveland Indians, where they would fall in 6 games. It would be their last winning season until 15 years later.

Offseason

  • December 10, 1996: Jimmy Key was signed as a free agent with the Baltimore Orioles.[1]
  • December 13, 1996: Mike Bordick was signed as a free agent with the Baltimore Orioles.[2]
  • December 18, 1996: Jerome Walton was signed as a free agent with the Baltimore Orioles.[3]
  • December 19, 1996: Eric Davis was signed as a free agent with the Baltimore Orioles.[4]
  • March 22, 1997: Scott McClain was traded by the Baltimore Orioles with Manny Alexander to the New York Mets for Hector Ramirez.[5]

Roster

1997 Baltimore Orioles
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders Manager

Coaches

Regular season

Season standings

AL East W L Pct. GB
Baltimore Orioles 98 64 .605 --
New York Yankees 96 66 .586 2.0
Detroit Tigers 79 83 .488 19.0
Boston Red Sox 78 84 .481 20.0
Toronto Blue Jays 76 86 .469 22.0

Game log

1997 Game Log


Player stats

Batting

Starters by position

Note: Pos = position; G = Games played; AB = At Bats; R = Runs; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting Average; HR = Home Runs; RBI = Runs Batted In

Pos Player G AB R H Avg. HR RBI
C Chris Hoiles 99 320 45 83 .259 12 49
1B Rafael Palmeiro 158 614 95 156 .254 38 110
2B Roberto Alomar 112 412 64 137 .333 14 60
3B Cal Ripken, Jr. 162 615 79 166 .270 17 84
SS Mike Bordick 153 509 55 120 .236 7 46
LF B.J. Surhoff 147 528 80 150 .284 18 88
CF Brady Anderson 151 590 97 170 .288 18 73
RF Jeffrey Hammonds 118 397 71 105 .264 21 55

Other batters

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Tony Tarasco 100 166 34 .205 7 26
Jeff Reboulet 99 228 54 .237 4 27
Lenny Webster 98 259 66 .255 7 37
Aaron Ledesma 43 88 31 .352 2 11
Eric Davis 42 158 48 .304 8 25
David Dellucci 17 27 6 .222 1 3

Pitching

Starting pitchers

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Jimmy Key 34 212.3 16 10 3.43 141
Scott Erickson 33 221.7 16 7 3.69 131
Mike Mussina 33 224.7 15 8 3.20 218
Scott Kamieniecki 30 179.3 10 6 4.01 109
Rick Krivda 10 50.0 4 2 6.30 29

Other pitchers

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Shawn Boskie 28 77.0 6 6 6.43 50
Mike Johnson 14 39.7 0 1 7.94 29
Nerio Rodríguez 6 22.0 2 1 4.91 11
Rocky Coppinger 5 20.0 1 1 6.30 22
Esteban Yan 3 9.7 0 1 15.83 4

Relief pitchers

Player G IP W L SV ERA SO
Randy Myers 61 59.7 2 3 45 1.51 56
Armando Benítez 71 73.3 4 5 9 2.45 106
Jesse Orosco 71 50.3 6 3 0 2.32 46
Terry Mathews 57 63.3 4 4 1 4.41 39
Arthur Rhodes 53 95.3 10 3 1 3.02 102
Alan Mills 39 38.7 2 3 0 4.89 32
Brian Williams 13 24.0 0 0 0 3.00 14

ALDS

Game 1

October 1, Kingdome

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Baltimore 0 0 1 0 4 4 0 0 0 9 13 0
Seattle 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 1 3 7 1
W: Mike Mussina (1-0)   L: Randy Johnson (0-1)  SV: None
HR: BALGerónimo Berroa (1)   Chris Hoiles (1)   SEAEdgar Martínez (1)   Jay Buhner (1)   Alex Rodriguez (1)

Game 2

October 2, Kingdome

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Baltimore 0 1 0 0 2 0 2 4 0 9 14 0
Seattle 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 3 9 0
W: Scott Erickson (1-0)   L: Jamie Moyer (0-1)  SV: None
HR: BALHarold Baines (1)   Brady Anderson (1)   SEA – None

Game 3

October 4, Oriole Park at Camden Yards

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Seattle 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 2 4 11 0
Baltimore 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 5 0
W: Jeff Fassero (1-0)   L: Jimmy Key (0-1)  SV: None
HR: BAL – None   SEAJay Buhner (2)   Paul Sorrento (1)

Game 4

October 5, Oriole Park at Camden Yards

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Seattle 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 0
Baltimore 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 X 3 7 0
W: Mike Mussina (2-0)   L: Randy Johnson (0-2)  SV: Randy Myers (1)
HR: BALJeff Reboulet (1)   Gerónimo Berroa (2)   SEAEdgar Martínez (2)

ALCS

Game 1

October 8, Camden Yards

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Cleveland 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 1
Baltimore 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 X 3 6 1
WP: Scott Erickson (1-0)  LP: Chad Ogea (0-1)  SV: Randy Myers (1)
HRs: BALBrady Anderson (1) Roberto Alomar (1)

Game 2

October 9, Camden Yards

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Cleveland 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 5 6 3
Baltimore 0 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 4 8 1
WP: Paul Assenmacher (1-0)  LP: Armando Benítez (0-1)  SV: José Mesa (1)
HRs: CLEManny Ramírez (1) Marquis Grissom (1)   BALCal Ripken (1)

Game 3

October 11, Jacobs Field

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 R H E
Baltimore 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 8 1
Cleveland 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 2 6 0
WP: Eric Plunk (1-0)  LP: Randy Myers (0-1)  
HRs: None

Game 4

October 12, Jacobs Field

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Baltimore 0 1 4 0 0 0 1 0 1 7 12 2
Cleveland 0 2 0 1 4 0 0 0 1 8 13 0
WP: José Mesa (1-0)  LP: Alan Mills (0-1)  
HRs: CLESandy Alomar, Jr. (1) Manny Ramírez (2)   BALBrady Anderson (2) Harold Baines (1) Rafael Palmeiro (1)

Game 5

October 13, Jacobs Field

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Baltimore 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 4 10 0
Cleveland 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 8 1
WP: Scott Kamieniecki (1-0)  LP: Chad Ogea (0-2)  
HRs: BALEric Davis (1)

Game 6

October 15, Camden Yards

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 R H E
Cleveland 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 3 0
Baltimore 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 10 0
WP: Brian Anderson (1-0)  LP: Armando Benítez (0-2)  S: José Mesa (1)
HRs: CLE: – Tony Fernández (1)

Awards and honors

1997 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Rochester Red Wings International League Marv Foley
AA Bowie Baysox Eastern League Joe Ferguson
A Frederick Keys Carolina League Dave Hilton
A Delmarva Shorebirds South Atlantic League Tommy Shields and Tom Trebelhorn
Rookie Bluefield Orioles Appalachian League Bobby Dickerson
Rookie GCL Orioles Gulf Coast League Butch Davis
LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Rochester, Delmarva, Bluefield[7]

References

  • 1997 Baltimore Orioles team page at Baseball Reference
  • 1997 Baltimore Orioles season at baseball-almanac.com
Preceded by
New York Yankees
1996
AL East Championship Season
1997
Succeeded by
New York Yankees
1998
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